Welcome to another edition of the cafe and bookstore update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.
The first review today is for the collection of poetry by Frank Prem…Voices (In The Trash): A Picture Poetry Book
About the collection
What if they could talk?
What if the objects that catch our eye as we wander down the aisles at the Trash and Treasure Market could tell their own stories?
Frank Prem has heard them.
Voices In The Trash is a conversation with objects and things that exist on another plane, but whose voices are as real as yours and mine.
Join Frank Prem on his listening journey through the Trash and Treasure Market.
Can you hear them speak?
A recent review for the collection
This is a unique picture book featuring photographs the poet has collected from various trash and treasure markets around Australia. Each photograph depicts an unusual item that would be a treasure in the rights hands. These items include inter alia books, a selection of peacock features displayed in a pot, naked ceramic gnomes suspended on wires from the ceiling, a variety of globes of the world, a fortune telling glass fortune telling ball, plastic fruit, wooden vegetables and a selection of paint brushes. Each picture has inspired one of the authors exceptional poems which tell as story about the object.
This is not a book for children but is a collection that will inspire adults, making them see disregarded objects differently and smile at the memories they invoke. Some of the poems are sad, for example the voice of a stuffed toy monkey that is homeless and loveless. Some are reflective such as famous, a strange metal creation reminiscent of a face, maybe CP30. Is that the fame this article thinks about all day? And some are hopeful, like the dress model who is hoping for a last dance.
A fascinating collection that will appeal to lovers of unusual and thought provoking poetry.
A selection of books by Frank Prem
In The Fall of Lilith, Vashti Quiroz-Vega crafts an irresistible new take on heaven and hell that boldly lays bare the passionate, conflicted natures of God’s first creations: the resplendent celestial beings known as angels.
If you think you know their story, think again.
Endowed with every gift of mind, body, and spirit, the angels reside in a paradise bounded by divine laws, chief of which are obedience to God, and celibacy. In all other things, the angels possess free will, that they may add in their own unique ways to God’s unfolding plan.
Lilith, most exquisite of angels, finds the rules arbitrary and stifling. She yearns to follow no plan but her own: a plan that leads to the throne now occupied by God himself. With clever words and forbidden caresses, Lilith sows discontent among the angels. Soon the virus of rebellion has spread to the greatest of them all: Lucifer.
Now, as angel is pitted against angel, old loyalties are betrayed and friendships broken. Lust, envy, pride, and ambition arise to shake the foundations of heaven . . . and beyond. For what begins as a war in paradise invades God’s newest creation, a planet known as Earth. It is there, in the garden called Eden, that Lilith, Lucifer, and the other rebel angels will seek a final desperate victory—or a venomous revenge.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Oh my good God was this an amazing read (clearly by the five star rating, which I don’t give out often!) I actually finished this a few weeks ago, but I needed some time to simmer on it.
I have ALWAYS questioned Lucifer’s side of the story, ever since I was forced into the Methodist church as a kid. I was always shushed and no one ever explained it to me. I remember saying, “why is he so bad? He just wanted to read books” – which really disturbed me, because I’m an avid reader. 😂
This novel starts at the very beginning, and follows the angels who are cast out of Heaven and down to Earth. This was more than I could have ever expected it to be. The details, the world building, the characters.. I devoured this. I loved seeing Lilith and Lucifer come to life, as I honor both of them during sacred space on occasion. I feel like I can finally stop searching for the other half of the story. I found it!!
I truly do not have enough words in my vocabulary to express how much I loved this novel. If you were ever curious about the other side of this famous story, I think this is the perfect place to start.
(Also there are two more books in the series and I CAN’T WAIT to get them!! So stay tuned!)
Books by Vashti Quiroz-Vega
The final author today isJ.Q. Rosewith a recent review for her memoir, Arranging a Dream...
About the book
In 1975, budding entrepreneurs Ted and Janet purchase a floral shop and greenhouses where they plan to grow their dream.
Leaving friends and family behind in Illinois and losing the security of two paychecks, they transplant themselves, their one-year-old daughter, and all their belongings to Fremont, Michigan, where they know no one.
Will the retiring business owners nurture Ted and Janet as they struggle to develop a blooming business, or will they desert the inexperienced, young couple to wither and die in their new environment?
Most of all, can Ted and Janet grow together as they cultivate a loving marriage, juggle parenting with work, and root a thriving business?
Follow their inspiring story, filled with the joy and triumphs and the obstacles and failures experienced as they travel along the turbulent path of turning dreams into reality.
One of the recent reviews for the memoir
We have both read “Arranging a Dream” and absolutely loved the book. It was so inspiring to learn about the Glaser’s big adventure. Janet, who had never run a flower shop or done flower arranging; Ted who had never run a commercial greenhouse. They are two “gutsy” people whose courage and adventurous spirits led them to a very successful business and marriage. This goes to show what can happen when you have a vision, undergirded by faith, a willingness to work hard, and a genuine love of people. Reading this Memoir inspired us to continue to work on our own Memoirs so our children and grandchildren know something about our life journeys.
A selection of other books by J.Q. Rose
Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.